Security and business go hand in hand. If you had a brick and mortar location, you would lock the doors at night and install some security cameras, wouldn’t you? It would be considered foolish not to. Yet, when it comes to a website we don’t necessarily talk about security in the same obvious way. This may have to do with differing levels of understanding of what actually goes into protecting an e-commerce operation or informational site. Often, the response is “Oh, IT takes care of all that stuff.” And that is usually the case. But, it’s important for business owners to know how their sites can be better secured even if they aren’t actually performing the implementation of these practices themselves.
Cybersecurity is gaining more mainstream attention for many reasons, whether it be political discussions or the reality of an ever more interconnected world. While you may not be running a bank or some other kind of high profile business that you think would make you a target, the truth is small businesses are targeted with fair regularity. In fact, 43% of cyber attacks actually target small businesses. Additionally, 48% of data security breaches occur due to malicious actors rather than human error.
All of this is to say that it’s important to fortify your website within reason. While you shouldn’t be losing sleep at night over it (making sales and generating leads are far more pressing concerns) it’s good to take the right steps to bolster your security for some piece of mind.
Your hosting company does provide some security measures to protect your managed VPS or dedicated server, but the bulk of it is really up to the user. If you’re concerned that your business’ website isn’t protected enough, there are some steps you can take to make it more secure. Here is what you should know about protecting your website beyond what your hosting company provides.